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    Hi Everyone

    I have just moved in with my partner and I want to get a puppy. I have lived with dogs my whole life and hate being without one so i really want to get one.

    I am thinking of getting two puppies to keep each other company while myself and my partner are at work. My parents recently got a brother and a sister which seemed to work really well.

    We live in Brisbane and have a medium size back garden and the dogs could be exercised for a min of 30mins every day.

    We don't have any children at the moment but they could be a possibility in about 5 years time.

    After living with a lab and cleaning up after all the hair I would rather not get a dog that sheds heaps but a little bit I could deal with.

    I probably prefer a medium size dog while my partner would prefer a large size dog. What do people think about getting 2 different types of puppies at the same time? Would it be better to get one and then the other about 6 months later? Or should we just get one type of dog and get a brother and sister?

    Do people have any suggestions on breeds of dogs?

    Thanks!

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    I'd suggest getting both at the same time to avoid tension. 6 months is enough time for your first dog to get territorial. We had a couple of good bust-ups when I brought in my second dog after 3 months but all peaceful now

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    I've read it's not a good idea to get siblings because they've been in competition with each other since birth and will continue to fight over resources like food and attention.

    Two puppies at once and leaving them alone while you're at work can lead to two times the destruction and mess. I think it's better to get one puppy and when it is trained and behaving how you want, then get the second and the first will help train it and it will be clear who is boss from the beginning when it comes to resources.

    Also - just moving in with a partner can be stressful. Adding two puppies to this could make things unbearable. Do you own the house together or are you renting? Is the landlord ok with dogs? What happens if you have to move, and can't find a place that allows dogs or you bust up with your partner - what backup plan do you have for the dogs. And how much time are you going to put into *training* which is extremely important especially with big dogs as nobody is very interested in helping out with obnoxious dogs especially big ones.

    I don't expect you to post the answers here, they are pretty personal questions, but I do ask you to think about what happens to your dogs if you lose the home for them.

    I wrote this for "newdogowner" who is thinking about getting a dog too.
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    I'm not fond of selling two puppies to the same family.

    Twice the toilet training, twice the lead training, twice everything. Far too much for most people. Then there is the sibling rivalry or the opposite they attach so closely they don't listen to their people.

    If you want to take on two dogs, I would consider older dogs.

    Having a retired couple of show dogs can be very rewarding. Pick the right breeder who will give you back up. Who doesn't shut their dogs away all the time. Perhaps find one that is thinking of rehoming two.

    This way your OH could probably have his dream of owning a larger dog, that is already lead trained, has a bladder that can hold longer than 20 minutes & would soak up the individual or near individual attention that is now being offered to it. Can travel in a car, comes lead trained, and is used to being handled by different people.

    It's food for thought for those that work.

    I'm also a big lover of Greyhounds for working people, large majestic dogs, that cope with being left alone for long periods better than most breeds. Very sooky and loving, worth researching and learning more about them. There are people on the forum that own them and rescue them.

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    TBH- 30 min a day is not a lot of exercise- esp for puppies (although I know some large breeds should not be exercised too much because of the hips). Do you have time for puppy school? dog cub? training? grooming as well as walking? The petrescue site has HEAPS of pupples and dogs needing homes, it could be worth a look there. They often have "couples" who need to be rehomed together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetboy View Post
    TBH- 30 min a day is not a lot of exercise- esp for puppies (although I know some large breeds should not be exercised too much because of the hips). Do you have time for puppy school? dog cub? training? grooming as well as walking? The petrescue site has HEAPS of pupples and dogs needing homes, it could be worth a look there. They often have "couples" who need to be rehomed together.
    They said a MINIMUM(sp?) - means that at least 30 minutes, but as a general it means MORE.

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    Actually Masha, to be painfully technical, the OP stated they "could be exercised for a minimum of 30 mins every day."

    When a person states a minimum, and not a maximum, most ppl tend to then consider the situation from the mimimum given.

    Sweetboy, all those points are very valid IMO. It's not just about exercising, it is about the daily needs of each dog, not to mention their socialisation and training requirements.

    OP, I'm with the others, I would seriously consider looking at few older dogs that need new homes.
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